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TITLE: Descent into the Maelstrom
Director: Jan Vard√łen

Genre: Music Performance & Documentary

Format: 4K

Composer: Philip Glass

Contributors: Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Tim Weiss. Soloists: Berit Norbakken Solset

Company: Beacon Isle Films

Runtime: 63 & 52 minutes.

ID: 395.




Norwegian film director Jan Vardoen discovered this wonderful piece by Philip Glass from 1986 for the Australian Ballet, which was more or less forgotten. The music is based on the short story by E.A. Poe describing the fate of two fishermen, whose boat was dragged into the raging waters of the “Moskenestraumen” which tears through the Arctic Islands of Lofoten. Recorded in the stunning setting of the Lofoten mountains with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tim Weiss and featuring soprano Berit Norbakken Solset.

A documentary (52') about all the trials and tribulations of this involved production is also available.